We all know those bloggers.
The ones who put up three posts a week, tweet four viral tweets a day, post twice on Instagram, are able to attend all these awesome blogging events, have two videos up on their Booktube channel, work on their book, spend time with their family, do homework and study, and then read 50 books per month. And the question on everyone’s lips: how in the hell are they managing to do it all?
Personally, I think I do all right in terms of balancing things, especially because things can get hella stressful.
I’m not like those super bloggers who seem to nail every single thing they do, but my standards, I’m happy with what I do and what I can handle, and that’s really all that matters, right?
So, I thought it’d be interesting if I shared how I balance blogging, social media, my personal life, and my reading life. I’m not going to pretend this is an advice post or anything, but I thought it’d be nice to share how I personally deal with ALL THE THINGS.
For me, personally, I feel like this is where I most succeed. I know some of you guys think I’m straight up nuts because I’m months ahead in terms of posts, which is true, I am. I’m writing this post right now in March (this was supposed to go up in May, but I switched some posts around), my May posts are pretty much finished at this point, and I’m probably already working on some of my June posts. I’ve planned all my posts on my calendar up to April of 2018, so now I don’t have to do any brain-storming for a while!
You might be like, “Mikaela, are you selling your soul to the devil?” and the answer is no, because my parents would kill me if I were. But, for real, I started blogging at a great time! I started this thing back in late December over Christmas break, and I pretty much wrote up all my January posts at that point, so I decided, “What the hell, let’s continue?” And when you do that month after month, you end up getting very much ahead.
For me, Saturdays are my reserved “blogging days.” That’s when I write my posts, edit some posts I think need tweaking, make my graphics, add the reviews I’ve written to my review index, write some reviews for the books I’ve written, customize my blog, etc. I get a lot done on these days, and a large percentage of the time, I write two-to-three of the posts I planned for the upcoming month. My goal is to try to completely finish them, but I don’t mind editing them if I have to later.
On days that I do post, I don’t do too much. On the weekdays, I’m at school, but I have iPads at mine, so that’s awesome. Usually, I check the app every two hours just to see if there are any new posts in my Reader, and that’s pretty much it. As you guys know, I post in the mornings, and though I check Instagram and Twitter, I don’t really check my blog notifications until 8 at night, just because I think I’ve given most people enough time to check out my posts. I’ve noticed after I check, I don’t really get notifications anymore, so it’s a pretty perfect time for me personally.
See, this is where I fall completely and totally short. Before blogging, I was totally on top of my reading game. I read over 150 books last year. I was reading about 15+ books every month despite the stress of school. I could easily read a book in 2-3 days. And now…that’s basically fallen apart.
When I have time to read, I just find myself not feeling like reading whatsoever, even though I really want to. I really have to push myself, and now that I read e-books, even though I feel like I’m reading faster, having all these apps on my phone that can easily distract me makes it so bothersome. Some weeks are great reading weeks, and some just plain suck. And, I’ve accomplished about zero of my reading goals, and I feel like I’m completely and totally failing at reading 200 books. I used to try to read at least 100 pages a day, and now my reading philosophy is, “At least try to read.”
Like, seriously, how are people reading over 20+ books a month and then doing 4824802 things??? Can you please share your magical reading powers with me; I’d very much appreciate it. I just think that now I’ve started blogging and that takes up a lot of my time, I’m actually doing WORSE at reading. Who knew book blogging could really throw your reading?
So, for all bloggers, “life” could mean something completely different. For some it’s about family, for some it’s about college, for some it’s about their job, and, for me, it’s about the hellhole that’s high school. Hooray.
(Obviously, that was sarcasm.)
I’m a sophomore in high school at the moment (yep, the hell that’s supposed to be junior year is coming up soon), and it sucks. I don’t like school in the first place, and I just really want to get to college so I can study something I ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT. I’m ready to get out of my conservative state. I’m ready to be an adult. But, that’s two years away, unfortunately, so I have to (im)patiently wait.
I’m usually busy during the weekdays because of this, so I don’t usually work on the blog unless I just really want to write this review and get it out of the way or if I can actually find the time. I also do track during the spring (which I hate with my entire being), which takes up my afternoons, so I don’t really get home until around 6:30, so I only have a limited amount of time to do my homework before having to eat dinner, and when that’s over, I’m exhausted and just want to listen to music or watch some TV, so that’s what I do.
Basically, all I do during the weekdays is post in the mornings before I leave for school, occasionally hang around on Twitter for a little, and check out my blog notifications when I have them.
And, basically, that’s how I manage to balance ALL THE THINGS.
I don’t think it’s too effective, but I feel pretty satisfied with everything (except my reading life, that’s just a total dumpster fire), especially blogging, and, for me, that’s what works out for me the most.
How do you balance reading, blogging, and life in general? Do you feel like there’s an area where you’re totally lacking?